When we go on vacation, we tend to be worried about having to leave our house empty for so many days, fearing that thieves will take advantage of our absence to enter, but we can reduce this risk if we have a loudspeaker or a compatible smart display. Google Home and the google assistant.
Thanks to Google Home can pretend there are people at home Thanks to automation of your routines which allow us to turn on and off the connected devices of our home, such as light bulbs, speakers or compatible televisions, as we will see below.
Presence simulator in Google Home
To create a presence simulator in Google Home, we have to go to routinesclick on the icon add a new routine and when he asks us if we want plan a routine that lasts all day
The next step is to add a name to the routine, for example, “On holiday”Yes select days in which we want all the routines that we are going to program to be activated. The next will be to tell Google Home what we want what actions we want it to perform at certain times of the day.
In the section + Add new time We select a time and after clicking “Next” we can assign the action we want to perform at that time. I prefer the option. “Try adding your own commands” for the versatility it offers, since that’s where you can write the Google Assistant command that we want it to execute at this time.
Here we already have to select at what time we want an action to take place in our house, such as, for example, that in the morning start playing music or the radio
We can write any Google Assistant command to automatically control our devices, such as:
- “Listen [nombre emisora de radio]”
- “Listen to music”
- “Volume Up/Down [nombre altavoz]”.
- “Stop him [nombre del altavoz]”.
- “Turn on/off the TV”
- “Turn on/off the light [nombre habitación]”
- “Lower/raise the blinds of the [nombre habitación]”
If we want the music or the radio to be heard when we are not at home, we must remember to create an action that stops playbackand that command is “Stop it [nombre del altavoz]”. So we can say that at 10:30 a.m. the music is on and tell it to stop at 11:30 a.m. Also, it is advisable to create an action that adjusts the volume of the speaker. It is always better to check before you going on vacation that the routine is working properly.
We can also enrich our presence simulator thanks to youtube music the Spotify if we have one subscriptionsince premium users can select songs, which allows us to select sounds or white noise from vacuum cleaners or washing machines in case we want to trick the neighbors into thinking we’re vacuuming the floor or doing laundry. Here it is recommended create playlist with noise sounds and stop playback when it’s finished so it doesn’t automatically skip to a song, and adjust the speaker volume so it feels like you’re vacuuming or washing. For example, we can create a playlist called “Vacuum Cleaner” with a sound of vacuum cleaners and program the action to play the “Vacuum Cleaner” playlist from YouTube Music.
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